Burglary Victim: "He was there the whole time" - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Burglary Victim: "He was there the whole time"

Posted: Updated:
Edgemon reliving the encounter. Edgemon reliving the encounter.

ATHENS, TN. (WRCB) -- A would-be thief picked the wrong house to break into.

Kenny Edgemon has joined the police academy. He's a soldier with military training, and he's 6'5.

Edgemon discovered his home had been burglarized, and then came face to face with the suspect, who is bruised and behind bars Wednesday night.

Kenny Edgemon returned early Tuesday morning, to find his home ransacked.

"Stuff was scattered around more than normal, kitchen cabinets were open," he says. "At first I was like, ‘I don't remember leaving the house like this'."

Edgemon says quickly he realized he had been robbed of his PlayStation 3, iPad, and watches. Even his kitchen cabinets were empty.

Edgemon called police, who took a report, gathered some evidence and left.

The 28-year-old soldier decided he would leave, too. But before he did, he went looking for a pair of shoes.

"I went down, looked under the bed, and I saw him," Edgemon says.

He came face-to-face with 47-year-old Kevin Cranfield.

"His eyes were huge," Edgemon says. "He looked like he freaked out. When I pulled the mattress and box springs away, he was going for the corner, trying to get away from me."

A scuffle left Cranfield bloody and Edgemon with gash in his arm.

"I just reacted, just instinct I guess," Edgemon says. "Me, the police, everyone who was here, we all walked through the house, in this room. He was there the whole time."

Cranfield surrendered and led police to the stolen items, but Edgemon says his accomplice is still out there.

"I came back from the hospital and it (his favorite watch) was laying on my front steps with my iPad charger," Edgemon says. "I didn't even know it was gone. There was somebody else I guess."

Edgemon is changing the locks, but doesn't expect Cranfield's buddy to come back.

"Don't come to my house, or if you do come to my house, make sure I'm here," says Edgemon.

Police found the stolen items in a nearby yard, and say Cranfield returned to the home to likely take a television. They believe he entered through an unlocked door.

He faces two counts of aggravated burglary.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Graysville Rehires Indicted Police Chief

    Graysville Rehires Indicted Police Chief

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:35:07 GMT
    COUNTY - RheaCOUNTY - Rhea
    GRAYSVILLE, TN. --(WRCB)-- Jason Erik Redden was back on the job today as the Chief of Police of Graysville, Tennessee.Redden, who currently faces 10 counts of official misconduct including theft, has had a tumultuous reign within the last year as the city's top cop.He's been suspended, reinstated, fired, and now rehired.And while some city officials lack faith in Chief Redden, you may be surprised at the level of support he has within Graysville. " I am not surprised they done it, in any oth...More
    GRAYSVILLE, TN. --(WRCB)-- Jason Erik Redden was back on the job today as the Chief of Police of Graysville, Tennessee.Redden, who currently faces 10 counts of official misconduct including theft, has had a tumultuous reign within the last year as the city's top cop.He's been suspended, reinstated, fired, and now rehired.And while some city officials lack faith in Chief Redden, you may be surprised at the level of support he has within Graysville. " I am not surprised they done it, in any oth...More
  • UPDATE: Dog’s condition sparks outrage, owner cited for neglect

    UPDATE: Dog’s condition sparks outrage, owner cited for neglect

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:49:19 GMT
    A suspected case of animal neglect in Chattanooga has sparked outrage among hundreds of local animal lovers.More
    A suspected case of animal neglect in Chattanooga has sparked outrage among hundreds of local animal lovers.More
  • Mudslinging intensifies in 3rd District Republican race

    Mudslinging intensifies in 3rd District Republican race

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:48:27 GMT
    It is two weeks away from voters heading to the polls in Tennessee for the primary election and the 3rd Congressional District race is one to watch.More
    It is two weeks away from voters heading to the polls in Tennessee for the primary election and the 3rd Congressional District race is one to watch.More
Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.